Specially trained dogs detect coronavirus with 94% success rate – NeeWS


Today we learn that other research institutions have followed a similar path, such as the German University of Hanover, which is ready to share its results. In their opinion, proper training is enough and it will actually be possible to use quadrupeds to detect coronavirus, because during their research they managed to achieve very promising effectiveness. It’s worth noting here that scientists have been trying similar methods for years on cancer, malaria and explosives, and training again is simply placing the dog in a room with positive and negative samples, allowing it to activate its sense of smell.

Scientists hope that the dogs they train will soon appear in public places where they will help reduce the transmission of Covid-19. A study by the University of Hanover involved 8 sniffer dogs that were trained for a week to distinguish between positive and negative coronavirus samples by their smell.

Importantly, the samples were randomly distributed, so neither the dogs nor the scientists knew which were positive to avoid any bias of the results. It quickly turned out that the dogs correctly identified 157 positive and 792 negative samples, incorrectly identifying only 33 negative and 30 positive. This gives a score of 83% for positive samples, 96% for negative samples and an overall efficiency score of 94%. – The results are incredibly exciting. We have created a solid foundation for future research focused on canine smell and its capabilities, and whether it can be used to distinguish between different stages of diseases – adds Prof. Holger Volk.

Source: GeekWeek.pl/University of Hanover / Fot. University of Hanover


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